March 11, 2011 Subject:
Amazing, Daring, and Brilliant Mahler Remix!
I'm into Mahler; been to Vienna, set flowers on his grave, own stacks of CDs, DVDs, and all that. I take my Mahler seriously. Jason Dixon, whoever you are, this is an amazing achievement. Usually, modern riffs on Mahler are pointless and stupid. Stretching this 70-80 minute work to 10 hours sounds like a stunt, a matter of running the thing through Audacity - or some other music software - and telling it to go nuts. Not here. I love the result and I'm just five hours into it. I'm pretty sure a lot of filtering, reverb, and other tricks were used to create this epic. I don't know. But the final work is amazing, like a massive Eno-ish ambient tapestry that, using the fabric of a very dense work, just amazes me. A single drumbeat will rise and recede like a sonic wave. Climaxes that take a few measures stretch like a slow motion eruption. Inside it, melodies form that, stunningly, sound like Mahler. Every once in a while I recognise a chord from the Mahler Second that tells me where I am. The moment then flows into things that you really need to hear. Again, I'm not sure if this took days of imagination and finessing or just three clicks of the mouse. The pitch is preserved; it doesn't sound like aural molasses. Whatever. I am thrilled by this monolithic remix. It's the sort of thing which'll either drive you nuts or make you go all Zen and trippin' hippie stupid. (The longest version of "Dark Star" by the Grateful Dead is "The Happy Birthday Song" compared to this; sorry, Jerry!) It's probably great make-out music, too. The third movement, originally about 8 minutes long and here running an hour and twenty, might work the best since there is so much motion in the original. It'll be really interesting to hear the colossal last movement with climaxes all over the place; THAT'S four hours I'm looking forward to. I think . . .